Theatre goers to the Regent in Hanley for the opening night of Bat Out of Hell on Tuesday (April 26), featuring Jim Steinman’s and Meatloaf’s hits, were greeted to the amazing sight of 44 Harleys riding in and parking in Piccadilly outside the theatre from 6.30pm. This was to celebrate both Bat Out of Hell’s opening night in Stoke-on-Trent and the 10th Anniversary of the Stoke Chapter of the Harley Owners Group.
Theatre goers to the Regent in Hanley for the opening night of Bat Out of Hell on Tuesday (April 26), featuring Jim Steinman’s and Meatloaf’s hits, were greeted to the amazing sight of 44 Harleys riding in and parking in Piccadilly outside the theatre from 6.30pm.
This was to celebrate both Bat Out of Hell’s opening night in Stoke-on-Trent and the 10th Anniversary of the Stoke Chapter of the Harley Owners Group.
It was truly an amazing sight to see so many of the iconic motor cycles and their flamboyant riders.
The scene was set for this amazing show by Martha Kirby as Raven, with her superb delivery of Jim Steinman’s darkly comic poem, Love and Death of the American Guitar.
The basic plotline which envelopes the late singer song writer Jim Steinman’s songs for himself and Meatloaf, follows a post apocalyptic nuclear event where ‘The Lost Boys’ are destined to remain at aged 18 forever and consigned to live in the Deep End subway pursued by Raven’s father Falco, magnificently played by Rob Fowler who is determined to halt Raven’s burgeoning romance with Lost Boy, Strat.
Glen Adamson gives a simply incredible dynamic performance as Strat. The double duet of It’s All Coming Back To Me now, with Strat and Raven and Falco and the fabulous Sharon Sexton as Raven’s mother, is just one of the huge standout numbers in this brilliant show along with Paradise by the Dashboard Light, also by Glen and Sharon.
Of course all the massive hit numbers are there including Bat Out of Hell, Dead Ringer for Love and Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, performed with powerful energy and dramatic lighting effects.
Directed by Jay Scheib, with Musical Supervisor Michael Reed, this monster hit show also features amazing performances from Killian Thomas Lefevre, Joelle Moses, Lames Chisholm, Kellie Gnauk, Danny Whelan, Laura Johnson, Jamie Jukes, Rebecca Lafferty, James Lowrie, Rory Maguire, Stacey Monahan, Samuel Pope, Luke Street, Leonardo Veira, Beth Woodcock and Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli.
Bat Out of Hell is showing at the Regent Theatre until Saturday (April 30). For further information, and to purchase tickets, go online to: www.atgtickets.com/shows/bat-out-of-hell/regent-theatre.
Theatre review by Rick Lane
Photo by Chris Davis
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